How to Manually Upgrade a WordPress Plugin

Since last few versions, WordPress comes with an automatic method of upgrading any installed plugins but this method fails on most free web hosting servers. In such a situation, the need of upgrading a plugin manually via ftp arises. Here is a short tutorial on how to do this.

  1. First of all, go to the plugin’s home page on wordpress .org and do two things there.
  2. Download the latest version of the plugin by clicking on the download link in the upper right corner.
  3. Click on the “Installation” tab.
  4. Read all the content present in this tab carefully to see if the developer of the plugin has given some special instructions about upgrading that particular plugin.
  5. If yes, then just follow those instructions and ignore the next steps of this tutorial.
  6. If the developer has not given any specific instructions then follow the general procedure given below.
  7. Deactivate the plugin by going into the admin panel of your wordpress blog: Dashboard>Plugins
  8. Log on to the ftp server of your website and delete the files of thet plugin present in the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  9. Unzip the plugin file you have just downloaded from wordpress.org.
  10. Now upload these new files to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  11. Go to Dashboard>Plugins in the admin panel of your wordpress blog and activate the plugin.

and you are done!!!!

Note:

To stay on safe side, you may want to backup the database of your blog before going through this procedure.

Generate Random Text in Microsoft Office Word 2003

Sometimes when you want to experiment with some features of Microsoft Office Word while reading a book or tutorial, you need a sufficient amount of text on which you can apply these techniques and observe there effects. Fortunately word 2003 has a built in feature to provide you a good amount of text in a few seconds. It is called the Random Text Generator. To try it, just:

  1. Open a new word document
  2. Type in =rand()
  3. Press Enter

It will generate three paragraphs of text having a sentence repeated five times in each of them. That sentence is:

“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

Now let’s get some more control over the number of paragraphs and sentences generated.
Try typing =rand(2,7) and pressing Enter.
It generates 2 paragraphs of text having the same sentence repeated 7 times in each of them.

So, In general, we can say that when we type =rand(x,y) in Microsoft Office Word 2003 and press Enter, we get x paragraphs of random text and each of them contains y number of sentences i. e. =rand(paragraphs, sentences).

In case you find any thing not working properly for you according to these instructions then, please don’t hesitate to comment and ask me about it.